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Public Hearing Improvements Project

The City of Calgary ("The City") is improving the public hearing process to ensure that public hearings are accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly for the public.

What is a public hearing?

Members of City Council meet regularly to discuss issues such as policies, bylaws, budget, and major projects affecting Calgary.

If an individual is concerned about a Council or committee item, they may attend a public hearing during a Council or standing policy committee meeting to communicate their views directly to Council.

This builds public confidence and encourages civic engagement.

About the project

On March 22, 2021, Council directed The City to develop a more user-friendly and inclusive public hearing process. The City held a public engagement to determine how to remove barriers from citizens being able to participate in a public hearing.

These barriers included, but are not limited to:

  • time it takes to prepare
  • lack of awareness about how to register and prepare a submission
  • clarity on influence of submissions
  • stress for some people of speaking about a personal issue
  • perceived inequities
  • respectful environment
  • accessibility issues such as language, childcare, and parking costs 

Public hearing recommendations

On March 15, 2022, Council received a report on the Public Hearing Improvements Project. Recommendations included:

  • Accessibility

    Implementing inclusive initiatives to reduce barriers for Public Hearing participants, such as childminding, parking, and transit ticket programs.

  • Automated registration system

    This will ensure a more inclusive, accessible, and user-friendly experience for the public wishing to provide input on important matters being considered at Council.

  • Digital Equity

    Providing opportunities, tools, and resources that support the public with the Public Hearing process.

  • Inclusion

    Developing a statement that endorses The City’s commitment to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Project timeline

The goal of this project is to address the barriers identified when participating in a public hearing. 

Supporting documents